2014 Nissan 370Z Review

April 29, 2014
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The 2014 Nissan 370Z offers great exterior and interior styling, a smooth and powerful engine, and precise transmission shifts. It’s one of the impressive sports cars in the market that can make you grin both on the highway and on the track. The KBB wrote, “Price-wise, the 370Z’s competitors are among the Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang and Hyundai Genesis Coupe, but for many it’s in the category of the Porsche Cayman or Audi TT.” Read on to find out yourself.

NEW FOR THE 2014 370Z

  • refreshed interior of and a new steering wheel for the Nismo

UNDER THE HOOD

All 2014 Nissan 370Z, except the Nismo, have a 3.7-liter V6 engine that puts out 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It’s hooked to a 6-speed manual transmission. But a 7-speed automatic with shift paddles is optional.

The 370Z Nismo has a V6 engine too but this one generates 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. It only comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.

The fuel economy ratings of the EPA for the 2014 Nissan 370Z are the following:

Model City/Hwy/Combined MPG
Nissan 370Z Coupe (manual) 18/26/21
Nissan 370Z Coupe (automatic) 19/26/22
Nissan 370Z Roadster (manual) 17/25/20
Nissan 370Z Roadster (automatic) 17/25/21

 

ON THE ROAD

The Nissan 370Z feels like it is always prepared for the racetrack. With quick acceleration and responsive shifting, the V6 engine performs like a V8. Both the manual and automatic transmissions are good. But test drivers are recommending the optional SynchoRev Match system on the manual gearbox for more race-like experience behind the 370Z’s wheel.

Steering feels heavy but it is nevertheless precise. The sport suspension further enhances handling while impressively keeping the ride quality at an acceptable level. But the Sport Package, which includes bigger wheels and firmer suspension, reduces ride comfort. Another downside is the intrusive road noise which makes the 370Z a less appealing companion for road trips.

INSIDE THE 2014 370Z

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The 370Z’s interior is stylish and attractive. The seats are comfortable regardless of whether they have manual or power adjustments. But the thick roof pillars in the rear and small windows limit outward visibility and make the car feel somewhat tight.

As for cargo space, the coupe’s hatchback opens up only 6.9 cubic feet of storage space. The roadster has a meager 4.2-cubic-foot trunk.

KEY FEATURES

Here are some of the standard and optional features available for the 2014 Nissan 370Z:

Base 370Z: 6 airbags, smart key with push-button start, LED daytime running lights and taillights, automatic xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, auxiliary input jack

Touring: power-adjustable sport seats in leather with suede inserts and heating and ventilation features, 8-speaker Bose audio system with MP3/WMA playback capability, satellite radio, Bluetooth, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

NISMO: Alcantara/leather-wrapped steering wheel, Nismo-specific interior trim, sport suspension and brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels

Navigation Package: USB/iPod connectivity, auxiliary audio/video input jacks, DVD playback capability, rearview monitor, voice-activated navigation system, 7-inch touchscreen

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